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Around the World in 80 Days

What a Mess

This is not really a travelogue but worth a go!
!!!Cruising the Mediterranean
I’m probably boring you to death but I’m filling in time while John recovers so thought I’d “do” this bit by e-mail ‘cos I failed to add photos to this part of my blog on http://berylbarrett.travellerspoint.com so if you find it a bit much just delete it. Tomorrow I will visit the hospital and get a book to read. That will keep me occupied. Cruising_t..ean_042.jpg

Athens was fun. John and I had visited before but it was just as good the second time around. Of course the highlight was the Parthenon, the Acropolis, the Erechtheion, Mt. Lycabettus, Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Cruising_t..ean_026.jpg ,

After this, we walked to the Plaka and the Flea Market and our guide suggested a place that served traditional Greek tucker.
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Lisbon was foggy and hard to see anything in the city so we took a ride to Fatima and it was sunny and we had a pleasant day up there.
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It is Xmas morning and if John feels up to it we may walk 300m to an English Pub for Xmas dinner at “The Pavilion.” We would love to go to Shepherd’s Bush to the Aussie pub – “The Outback”- this evening at 11pm to watch a bit of the cricket but I daren’t take John out in the cold. It will be hard enough getting him to The Pavilion as it is 1degree here today. Our accommodation does not run to Sky Sports so we will have to see if we can find a radio channel or maybe 1 of our 5 free to air channels that will give highlights.
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Xmas Eve, last night, I bought garlic breaded mushrooms for starters followed by Chicken Satay and Special Fried Rice with a little Sticky Toffee Steam Pudding with custard for dessert. I had to make sure that it could all be cooked in the microwave.
Lunching in Oxford Streeet
Boxing Day
What a bloody disaster!!!!! ---the cricket, I mean.
We lay awake half the night listening to the wickets fall. I thought this match would be really competitive.

Finally we turned the radio off and went to sleep and then this morning heard that it only got worse. Lovely to speak to Steven and Jack and Derek and Debra for a few minutes form Melbourne. They are NOT going to the cricket today. We hear though that the weather is good for Melbourne.

John and I walked around the corner to an English Pub called “The Pavilion.” Paid megabucks for Xmas dinner. Never mind- it was warm and pleasant and only 300m in the COLD. John is recovering well and if he continues to improve as he is now, we will meet Enid at the Hilton Olympia on the 31st December, and we will fly to Barbados and take the “Oceana” through the Panama Canal. Enid leaves for Australia just before we leave for New York where we stay o/n at an airport hotel.

This was our first into our winter gear, taken as we waited for our pre-booked taxi from Southampton to London. It was going to cost us 61 pounds each on the train(and we had to get to the train) so we paid 180 pounds to be taken to our hotel in London – good decision.
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Somebody took this on Xmas Day at “The Pavilion” at Hammersmith. John is still on anti-biotics so he had a small beer only. Is slowly getting back on his feet after 6 days in hospital.
Cheers to all. Have a happy New Year!!!!!

Posted by BerylB 11:09

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I guess by now you are on the way to New York and on the Oceana. Look forward to seeing the next blog. Glad John is back on track, Nicky

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